4 Oct 2018

Peak View – 5 October 2018

Peak School’s latest newsletter is available to read now. Find out the latest news around the school and upcoming events.

Principal’s Message
Key Dates
Golden Book
Calling All Instrumentalists Aged 7-11!
PYP News
Library News: Andy Griffith Visit, New Books and Volunteers
ESF Sports Autumn Camps
Social Emotional Welbeing Workshop

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Caregivers

What a lovely time of year!  Autumn has arrived and the humidity has finally departed.  The children are enjoying their PE lessons and their breaks outside under the clear blue skies.

Before we break for the mid-term break at the end of next week, we will be doing a fire drill.  The children know exactly what to do, should the fire alarm ring at Peak School.  They know where to assembly and the correct path to get there.  Does your child or children have the same level of knowledge when it comes to what happens at home should the fire alarm go off.  A good reminder for everyone to ensure everyone in our family knows what to do in the event of a fire.

This week in my blog, which you can access by clicking HERE, you can learn about the following:

  • Improving brain function – can you answer yes to all three questions about your child/ren?
  • Math Rubrics – access the maths rubrics which we will be referring to at the math workshops next week.
  • Policies and Procedures – an opportunity to read through the policies and procedures that have been recently approved by our School Council.

Thank you for your continued support.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Kind regards,
Bill Garnett

Key Dates


Golden Book


Calling All Instrumentalists Aged 7-11!

We’re well into the new school year and I am on a musical recruitment mission. Many of our talented musicians from last year have moved on to secondary school, which means there are lots of free spaces in our Peak School Orchestra which need to be filled. Orchestra is open to children who are in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and play any of the following instruments at instrumental grade 1 or above: flute, recorder, guitar, violin, cello, clarinet, oboe or any brass instruments  (piano players need to be instrumental grade 4 or above; they might also have to take turns on keyboard / piano and percussion instruments, depending on numbers).

Our orchestra usually performs during assemblies and school concerts in order to showcase what they have been practising. Previous year’s highlights have included our performance at St. John’s Cathedral just before Christmas, as well as performances at Chinese New Year and Peak School Has Talent. Children thoroughly enjoy taking part, as it is not only an opportunity for them to learn how to play their instrument in a group and to perform, but also to get to know and socialise with children outside their respective classes.

I will be running orchestra taster sessions on Friday lunchtime (12.45 – 13.20) on October 5th and October 12th  in the Performing Arts room for any new and existing members of the orchestra. If your child plays any of the above-mentioned instruments, do encourage them to bring their instrument, come along on Friday and have a go. Regular rehearsals will then take place every Friday at lunchtime.

Best wishes,
Mr. Auld

PYP News

Green School Awards

Peak School received a Bronze Award at the 2018 Green School Awards, an event organised by  the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department and the Education Bureau.  We were given the award for promoting environmental practices in the school, the curriculum, and throughout the community.  Ms. Colet received the award on behalf of Peak School.

Trees are Our Heroes

We lost two of our oldest trees when typhoon Mangkhut hit HK the other week.  Check out the photos and read more about it in the PS Wildlife Sanctuary Blog: Trees are Our Heroes!

Children Taking Action

PS Students take action in many different ways.  Action is an integral part of our curriculum.  Children are given the opportunity to reflect on their learning and to think of ways they can take action through their using their time, talent and treasure, through teaching, and by extending their learning.

Here are a few examples of how children have taken action in the past month:

Kotoko in Y1 shared a personal treasure.  She picked up a stick from her weekend walk and donated it to our stick pile for Discovery Time.

All children have been asked to draw flags of countries they identify with. Joseph in Y2 decided to extend his learning by drawing flags of other countries.  This has inspired other children in his class to do the same.  Well done, Joseph!

Anthony in Y3 took time to plant an avocado seed and to nurture it.  Once it had grown, he donated the seedling to the PS Wildlife Sanctuary.

Peak School Mission and Values

Thank you to the parents who joined our roundtable discussion on Friday, 28 September to review Peak School’s mission and values.  This year, we will be having the same discussion with our students, staff, and governing body to ensure that our guiding statements reflect who we are and what we value.

Library News: Andy Griffith Visit, New Books and Volunteers

Please click HERE for library news.

ESF Sports Autumn Camps


Social Emotional Welbeing Workshop

Dear Parents/Carers,

Quarry Bay School is pleased to announce that they will be hosting URSTRONG, an internationally recognized Social Emotional Wellbeing program, on Thursday 25th October.

The aim of URSTRONG is to empower children with the skills, language and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier relationships. To learn more about URSTRONG and their programmes please watch this short video which describes the impact of URSTRONG on children and parents around the globe.

URSTRONG will be holding two Language of Friendship workshops on Thursday, 25th October at Quarry Bay School. The workshops have been designed for parents/carers to attend with their children.

Parents can register via the attached electronic advertisement/poster:

If you have any questions or queries regarding this event then could you please contact URSTRONG directly using the following email address megan@urstrong.com

We look forward to welcoming you at one of the workshops.

Kind Regards,
Quarry Bay School


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